Fast Facts

  • Represented Magdalene College on University Challenge, a British TV quiz show, in 1969; he lost in the first round. 
  • Wrote romance novels under the pseudonym of Rebecca Greville.
  • Was invariably cast in supporting roles while pursing an acting career in England during the 1970s.
  • Relocated to Hollywood in the early 1980s, where he thought he'd scored a big break: taking over the role of Mr. Roarke's sidekick on Fantasy Island from Hervé Villechaize. The producers decided to go with the older Christopher Hewett instead, however. 
  • Had a dozen screenplays rejected before being asked to write the script for Robert Altman's 2001 film Gosford Park; he won an Oscar for it.
  • Proposed to his wife Emma 20 minutes after meeting her; she initially thought him daft and refused to give him her phone number. They married some 15 months later.
  • His wife Emma is a lady in waiting to Princess Michael of Kent.
  • Appointed to Britain's House of Lords in 2010 by prime minister David Cameron.
  • Supports many charities, including the RNIB, a nonprofit that helps blind and partially sighted people; Breast Cancer Haven; and the Alzheimer's Society.


  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2001, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Winner
  • 2002, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Winner
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Miniseries or Movie: Winner
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2002, BAFTA Film Awards — The Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer in their First Feature Film: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 2015, Producers Guild Awards — Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2016, Tony — Book of a Musical: Nominee
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Nominee


  • David Fellowes — Brother
  • Peregrine Fellowes — Father
  • Nicholas Fellowes — Brother
  • Rory Fellowes — Brother
  • Peregrine Fellowes — Son
  • Emma Joy Fellowes — Wife
  • Olwen Fellowes — Mother


  • University of Cambridge, Magdalene College, Cambridge, England (English Literature); Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England (1973)

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  • Birth Name: Julian Alexander Fellowes
  • Birth Place: Cairo, Egypt
  • Birthday: August 17, 1949, Leo
  • Profession: Screenwriter, Director, Playwright, Novelist, Actor

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